News Live 365 for June 9th, 2017

Road May be Renamed for Fallen Crawford County Soldier

Staff Sergeant James Mowris grew up in Adamsville and died in Afghanistan

Harrisburg, PA –

The State House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to honor a fallen Crawford County Soldier by naming a section of route 18 in his honor. Staff Sergeant James Mowris, a 37 year old Army Veteran who died on January 29, 2004 after 20 years of service will be honored by having his name placed on a stretch of Route 18 in Crawford County. Representative Parke Wentling (R-PA17) whose district encompasses Parts of Crawford, Mercer, Erie, and Lawrence Counties authored the bill which is now being considered by the Senate which is also expected to pass it.


Man who Crashed into Factory after Police Chase Charged with Multiple Felonies

Travis Semrau crashed into Joy Manufacturing after attempting to flee Franklin Police

Franklin, PA –

Travis Semrau who crashed into joy manufacturing at a high speed while trying to avoid the police has had multiple charges filed against him including aggravated assault against his passenger. Semrau was also under the influence of alcohol and drugs and driving under a suspended license from a previous DUI conviction. Semrau and an anonymous female passenger were seriously wounded when his car collided with a cement wall during a police pursuit in Franklin. Both were flown to UMPC Hamot in Erie for emergency treatment. Semrau was driving recklessly in a red Ford Mustang around 12:30 am Wednesday night when he was spotted by Patrolman Barnes of FDPD. Barnes attempted to stop Semrau but instead he took off and attempted to drive away at around 90 miles per hour.

After a brief pursuit Semrau turned off his lights and accelerated even faster, possibly in excess of 100 mph prompting the officer to call off the chase because of the risk of an accident. Instead Franklin Police officers began to patrol around town looking for the subject vehicle, hoping to box it in and end the danger. A 911 call of an accident near Joy Manufacturing lead police and firefighters to the scene of the crash. It’s unknown what speed Semrau was travelling at when he drove through a garage door at Joy and collided with the wall but he and his passenger were both severely wounded by the impact.

Semrau has been charged with the following offenses after the completion of the investigation – Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While Under the Influence. Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury While Not Properly Licensed, Reckless Driving, Driving While Operating Privilege is Suspended, a whole bushel of other traffic violations.


Handgun Stolen from Erie County Woman

A .38 semi-automatic pistol was grabbed from the home of Marian Smiley

Corry, PA –

Corry based State Police are searching for a handgun stolen from Marian Smiley of Concord Township, Erie County. The weapon is a semi-automatic Jimenez Arms .38 pistol taken from her residence on Wednesday, call (814)663-2043 with information.


Titusville PD Gets Tough on Drug Offenders and Offers Help to Addicts

Chief Minch offers to assist addicts with recovery while cracking down on drug peddling

Titusville, PA –

When Titusville Police moved in to arrest Jacob Schneider in the midst of a drug deal he shoved the evidence in his mouth and tried to eat it. He didn’t eat it fast enough to prevent TPD officers from retrieving the drugs in his mouth, nor from discovering the rest of the evidence they found. This was just the latest in a string of arrests targeting narcotics dealers in the boro of Titusville. 

Chief Harold J. Minsch in a press release from Wednesday writes:

TPD will continue to use all legal and lawful pressure to apprehend all of those involved in the narcotics trade. TPD also continues to reach out to those in need of help beating addiction. If you are ready to quit we will help you. If you continue to be part of the problem we will arrest you.

He also thanked the community for helping police with investigations and called them part of the solution before directing anyone who had information on the drug trade to call 1-800-223-3008.